I’ve worked in the product industry for six to seven years, and I’m currently a senior product manager at a large company.
No matter how many books, courses, conferences, or YouTube videos I watch about product management, I’ve discovered, it makes no difference. I have researched all strategies and techniques. It makes no difference how sound my reasoning is or how adept I am at solving problems. But the subject of people in product management is something that neither a book nor a methodology can educate.
Unless you have a competent team that works well together and has wonderful internal dynamics no matter what, you can have a terrific product, amazing technology, a solid business plan, and great processes, but these things frequently don’t matter because there are people issues within the team.
There are numerous people-related abilities that you just cannot learn by reading a book, including interpersonal skills, creating a high-performing team, stakeholder management, aligning the team around a vision, dispute resolution, mentoring and coaching, and many other people-related areas. Nowadays, people are the center of everything.
What knowledge or advice do you have to provide on the people aspect of product management?